Today is one of many National Chocolate Days in the calendar. There are also National Chocolate days in February, March, July, December and maybe even others because who doesn't love chocolate? And we will use any excuse to eat this exquisite "food for the gods."
I have been searching for a really good chocolate lava cake recipe. There are lots of these recipes on the Internet, but the trick is to find a really light one since chocolate has the tendency to make a cake heavier than the norm. Here's one recipe I found on the Internet because of National Chocolate Day. Apparently the recipe's restaurant has a custom of giving out chocolate petits fours to passers-by and inviting them in for free tastings of chocolate desserts each October 28, in celebration of National Chocolate Day. This is their signature chocolate cake. We can try it out together.
Morton's of Chicago Godiva Hot Chocolate Cake
Source: Morton's of Chicago, Phoenix, Arizona
Seek out chocolate liqueur in the small, 3-ounce bottle, it'll be all you need.
Butter and granulated sugar to coat pan
8 ounces semisweet chocolate squares
1 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon Godiva chocolate liqueur
5 egg yolks
5 whole eggs
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
Vanilla ice cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and generously coat an 8-inch soufflé dish with butter, then dust with granulated sugar.
Melt chocolate and butter over a double boiler. Stir in chocolate liqueur. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks and whole eggs with an electric mixer set at low speed. Pour chocolate-butter mixture into bowl while beating.
In a medium bowl, sift the confectioner's sugar and flour together. Gradually add this to the chocolate mixture. Mix at high speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Pour cake mixture into soufflé dish. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until cake tests done with a wooden pick.
Serve hot with ice cream .